Midterm officials predict record high student voter turnout on Election Day
The 2022 midterm election took place Tuesday, Nov. 8. University of Wisconsin students had the opportunity to vote at numerous campus polling locations between 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
The turnout on campus will probably be high, Wisconsin State Deputy Coordinator for the Campus Vote Project Noah Foster said.
“We’re eager and hopeful to pass the 2018 mark [for numbers of college voters],” Foster said. “We’ve seen college campuses all across Wisconsin turn out at extremely high rates already through early voting.”
Many UW students voted at the Nicholas Recreation Center, in Ward 56. There are about 1,200 eligible voters in Ward 56, according to Chief Election Inspector for Ward 56 Taylor Wall.
Wall said at 10:30 a.m. there had been 153 voters at The Nick, nearly all of whom were students, and he expected a bigger rush as the day went on.
In the 2018 midterm, student voter turnout at UW was 58%, greatly surpassing the national average of 38.5% for post-secondary institutions, according to the National Study of Learning, Voting and Engagement campus report.